Danielle Goonan '07
Fulbright Research Scholar in Italy 2007-08
Her talk focused on her field work experiences as a Dickinson undergraduate and the ways in which it prepared her to do ethnographic research in Bologna with hip-hop artists from North Africa. She examined how Moroccan and Tunisian male immigrant youth are adapting to and critiquing Italian society through hip-hop culture that blends African, Italian, American and French beats, lyrics, and influences. Her American Studies major and participation in the Patagonia Mosaic and the New Religious Diversity course, both of which engage students in community-based research, prepared her well for her fieldwork in Italy.
From participant-observation to interviews, from a content analysis of event fliers to a network mapping using MySpace of hip-hop artists, and volunteering at NGOs working with immigrants, Danielle exhibited the value of the liberal arts, interdisciplinarity, and applying a variety of research methods to the phenomena one wants to understand. She not only wants to understand, however, she wants to act and empower others to create more spaces in which young people of diverse backgrounds can come together, express themselves, and encourage greater inter-and intra-cultural understanding. "It's not just a question of understanding others, it's a matter of what you can give back," Goonan explained.
Currently working with young people at StreetSquash in Harlem, Danielle will be pursuing a Masters in International Relations at the London School of Economics next year in London.